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An Introduction to Fancy Gem Cuts

Although rounds and other standard shapes dominate the gemstone market, fancy gem cuts offer many beautiful alternatives that can also improve a gem’s optical performance. Learn about the most popular fancy shapes, such as cushion, princess, heart, and emerald cuts.

A Guide to Gem Cutting Styles

Gem cutting styles refer to the shape and arrangement of facets. The three most basic styles are brilliant, step, and mixed. Learn what characterizes these types of cuts and how faceters combine them to create many different gem designs.

Gemstone Facets: Terminology and Functions

Not only do gemstone facets create beautiful patterns on gem surfaces, they also help gems shine. While gem cutters will learn all about facets, all gem enthusiasts, especially gem buyers, can benefit from learning about facet types and functions.

An Introduction to the Lapidary Arts

Lapidary is the art of working in stone. The term usually refers to the creation of small objects from gem materials. Read on to learn about the four basic lapidary arts: tumbling, cabbing, faceting, and carving.

Marketing and Selling Rare Gemstones

Looking to sell in the niche market of rare and collectible gemstones? A good strategy for marketing and selling rare gemstones will put you in touch with potential customers and pave the way for a successful business.

Chrysoprase Buying Guide

With bright, apple-green hues, chrysoprase makes an attractive, eye-catching jewelry stone. If you’re looking for a top-quality gem, read this guide before your chrysoprase buying trip to help you choose the best gem for your project.

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